Post # 16
I think having non-matching furniture like matching couches and end tables helps with the cozy look. The only matching set I have is my dining room tabe/chairs. Other than that I have picked out things one at a time and usually from a second hand/vintage shop. But only wood, I would never buy an upholstered piece, I’m paranoid about germs/lice.
Colors co-ordinate but in varying shades. Pictures help. “collection” of things such as a table of Limoge boxes, vases and picture frames help personalize a room. I like lace curtains, at night they make the windows look like etched glass. I try to keep fresh flowers in various rooms, but my cat has a serious determination to knock them don and chew on them.
Post # 17
I was never a “tons of throw pillows” kind of person before but I really think it helped! I put a bunch of semi decorative throw pillows on our sofas and bed and it really made it cozy to plop down on. It was actually fun to pick out accent pillows to change the vibe of the room. Candles and a super cozy, fluffy blanket (I think called Sherpa?) helps too.
Post # 18
curtains, plants, candles, plush bedding.
Post # 19
I have a basket of rolled-up blankets by the couch– they look nice, and it’s so easy to just grab one and flop on the couch to relax when I get home from work. We also hung up some pictures, which definitely makes it feel like home.
Post # 20
weddingbells01 : window treatments (I hate naked windows), area rugs, pillows and throw blankets, fresh flowers, candles. I like to have a mix of family photos and memories from our travels on display. Art on the walls. Soft lighting (I despise bright white recessed lighting – it’s so harsh).
Also proportionate furniture. When we first bought out house we had my old apartment furniture in the living room and it was swallowed. We have a large living room but now that we’ve furnished it with stuff that’s the proper scale it feels very cozy.
Post # 21
weddingbells01 : you just have to “break it in”. When I first moved out with my husband the apartment we had didn’t feel like “us” until a few weeks in when we started to settle in, I think in time it’ll feel more cozy, just make sure to put some fluffy pillows on the couch, bed, light some candles and it’ll begin to feel more homey 🙂
Post # 22
Warm lighting. Avoid using bright white/cool white lightbulbs. Throw pillows, throw blankets, a pouf or two, candles, and house plants. Enjoy!
Post # 23
- Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery
Rugs really help (even over carpet–they add softness and color), as do lamps (avoiding overhead lighting), throw blankets, and pillows. Really, anything that adds a plush element. Also, personal items whether that’s photos/art, knick-knacks, or flowers, just adding visual interest.
Post # 24
Area rugs (if it has wood floors)
Wall hangings – art, photos, a tapestry or quilt, whatever
Post # 25
We have an extra bedroom that was originally a meditation room. It served tha purpose for a while, then we changed it to a relaxation room. We put a twin mattress on the floor with lots of pillows and blankets and put in a TV. It’s been great for cuddling up and watching Netflix before bed.
Post # 26
Put something on the walls. Bare walls always leave a room feeling empty to me.
Post # 27
I totally agree with the PPs about getting curtains up instead of the blinds–the difference will be dramatic. If you’re going to be there awhile, you may want to invest in some nice drapes. J C Penny’s on line has a good selection and usually has sales going on.
Also, getting some artwork on your walls will help. You may want to prowl some local galleries to find a statement piece. We did this when I lived in the high desert. We went to some small local theme galleries and found artwork by local artists that was perfect for the house and very affordable.
Post # 28
White gauzy curtains, lamps, candles, throw rugs and cushions for snuggling on the couch, and a few of your favourite framed photos!
Post # 29
Walls painted something other than white. Lighting that isn’t brightwhite/blue end of spectrum – something in the warmer yellow tones. Lamps/uplighting rather than ceiling spots.
Post # 30
Table lamps with yellow lighting really up the cozy factor for me. Also spicy smelling candles, particularly in the fall/winter. But most of all, having something wonderful cooking on the stove/ in the oven 🙂